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COVID-19: Newport, Woodstock-area schools report cases

Staff Report
Published: 10/28/2020 9:46:34 PM
Modified: 10/28/2020 9:47:31 PM

NEWPORT — Newport High School and Sugar River Valley Regional Technical Center moved to remote instruction on Wednesday after school officials learned of a COVID-19 case in a student.

The infected student had not been in school for several days, but the move to online learning was necessary to allow for a deep cleaning of the school and contact tracing, Newport Superintendent Brendan Minnihan said in a message to families Tuesday evening.

The Richards School and Newport Middle School remained open as normal, Minnihan wrote.

All Newport schools were slated to be open for in-person instruction on Thursday, as contact tracing was expected to be completed by the end of the day Wednesday, he said in an email.

Working with the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Newport’s high school nurse and principal identified close contacts of the person who tested positive, Minnihan said. The close contacts, but not their family members, will need to quarantine for 14 days.

Two Woodstock-area schoolsreport cases

WOODSTOCK — Both the Woodstock Elementary School and the Reading Elementary School are listed as having active cases on the Vermont Department of Health’s weekly update of cases in the state’s schools.

But neither school has a “COVID-positive individual” in the building, Windsor Central Supervisory Union Interim Superintendent Sherry Sousa said in an email. No changes to school operations are necessary, she said.

“We will continue to abide by the state recommendations for mask-wearing, social distancing, hand-washing and building cleaning,” she said. “Thus far, that has kept our students and faculty healthy.”

Through Sunday, there had been 25 cases in 11 Vermont schools.




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